The global market for radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication (NFC) implantable devices for humans is growing in terms of the number of vendors and resellers. In “Welcome to the Future”, thirteen students investigated the business development, technological trajectory, and socio-technical impacts of microchipping humans. This workshop presents 13 case studies on vendors and resellers, their product and service offerings, and future application potential. From dangerousthings.com, to Biohax International, from ChipMyLife to BioTeq and more, we present the market as it is positioned today and present insights into the future. The market for these body modification technologies is expanding rapidly, and we will trace the trend from tattoos to piercing and now the embedding of emerging technology and ponder on what this means for the digital culture in general.
Prof. Katina Michael is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.
Previously Michael was associate dean international at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia, where she was employed in the School of Computing and Information Technology since 2002. She has held visiting academic appointments at Nanjing University (China) and the University of Southampton (U.K.) and has taught at the Singapore Institute of Management, as well as overseeing UOW engineering and information science courses in eight campuses in five countries. She was previously employed as a senior network engineer at Nortel Networks (1996–2001). She has also worked as a systems analyst at Andersen Consulting (1996) and OTIS Elevator Company (1994).
Michael has published six edited books, as well as coauthored two 500-page reference volumes: “Innovative Automatic Identification and Location Based Services: from Bar Codes to Chip Implants,” co-authored with MG Michael (Hershey, PA: IGI, 2009), and “Uberveillance: Social Implications” (Hershey, PA: IGI, 2014), co-edited with MG Michael. She has written more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. She researches predominantly in the area of emerging technologies, and has secondary interests in technologies used for national security and their corresponding social implications.
Katina has been the guest editor of fourteen special issues including the Proceedings of the IEEE, Computer, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE Potentials, Journal of Location-Based Services, Computer Communications, Electronic Commerce Research, and Prometheus. She was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (2012-2017), and has been senior editor for IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine since 2015.
In 2017, Michael was awarded the Brian M. O’Connell Distinguished Service Award from the Society for the Social Implications of Technology. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, which will be launched in 2020.